The senator who was stoned by his constituents in Katsina State, Abu Ibrahim, has accused a former lawmaker of portraying him a liar and attempting to incite people against him.
PREMIUM TIMES reported the stoning with the lawmaker blaming his opponents for the action.
On Wednesday, a Katsina State High Court fixed October 3 to hear a case filed by a former Majority Leader, Katsina State House of Assembly, Sani Liti-Yankwani, challenging his trial at an Upper Shari’ah Court for defamation.
The former house leader was dragged to the Sharia court by Mr. Ibrahim, who instituted direct criminal complaint against him.
The senator had accused Mr. Liti-Yankwani of portraying him as a liar, thereby attempting to damage his political career and incite the people against him.
Mr. Ibrahim had cited four newspaper publications in which the former majority leader allegedly made the remarks, which according to him, was tantamount to defamation of his character.
During the High Court’s sitting on Wednesday, counsel to Mr. Liti-Yankwani, Alex Ajode, prayed for adjournment as the copies of the Upper Shari’ah Court proceedings were just served on the respondent’s counsel, Hauwa Wada.
Mr. Wada did not challenge the application for adjournment, and the judge, Maikata Bako, adjourned the case till October 3 for hearing.
In the originating summon, the former majority leader had joined Mr. Ibrahim and the Sharia court judge as respondents.
Mr. Liti-Yankwani is asking the high court to quash the entire proceedings of the Upper Shari’ah Court, and order the transfer of the case to a court of competent jurisdiction.
He told the court that the proceeding before the second respondent in case number CFR1/394/2016 was irregular, a breach of the Constitution and established rules of practice and procedure in criminal trials.
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